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Warnings Along the Drought Line – BLDGBLOG
"Elise Hunchuck, whose project “An Incomplete Atlas of Stones” sought to document warning stones placed along the Japanese coast to indicate safe building limits in case of tsunamis, has called my attention to a somewhat related phenomena in Central Europe.

So-called “hunger stones” have been uncovered by the low-flowing, drought-reduced waters of Czech Republic’s Elbe River, NPR reports. Hunger stones are “carved boulders… that have been used for centuries to commemorate historic droughts—and warn of their consequences.” One stone, we read, has been carved with the phrase, Wenn du mich siehst, dann weine, or “If you see me, weep.”

Although there are apparently extenuating circumstances for the rocks’ newfound visibility—including a modern-day dam constructed on the Elbe River which has affected water levels—I nonetheless remain haunted by the idea of uncovering buried or submerged warnings from our own ancestors stating that, in a sense, if you are reading this, you are already doomed.

Read a bit more over at NPR."
bldgblog  stones  multispecies  morethanhuman  warnings  drought  czechrepublic  elisehunchuck  climatechange  climate  memory  legacy  communication  rivers  europe  2018  history 
3 days ago by robertogreco
Toxic Technology: the growing legacy threat – Noteworthy - The Journal Blog
Legacy digital technology is a growing threat which could overwhelm businesses and governments with an accumulation of complicated, non-compliant, risky and low quality technology. The UK Government…
business  technology  legacy  digital-transformation 
5 days ago by markboulton
The Costly Fiasco of Minnesota’s Licensing and Registration System - IEEE Spectrum
Replacement Minnesota vehicle licensing and registration system: started in 2008, due to be operational by 2014, but contract wasn't agreed until 2012 with HP at a cost of $41m. 2 years later, HP terminated and handed to State control, anticipated to be complete by 2016 (two years!). In early 2015, revised budget hit $93m, with read only version planned Oct 2016 (sound familiar?)
dmv  minnesota  licensing  legacy  modernization  government  it  technology  procurement  hp  vendor 
26 days ago by danhon
New Software System Snags TSB’s Online and Mobile Banking Customers - IEEE Spectrum
TSB’s problems began Sunday night, April 22, after the bank completed its weekend-long migration to a platform called Proteo4UK. The migration involved the transfer of more than 1.3 billion records related to 5.2 million customers from Lloyds Bank’s IT systems. Soon after the migration was complete, customers began complaining that they weren’t able to access their accounts online or through their mobile devices, while others said they were seeing incorrect account information including zero balances.
banking  legacy  technology  modernization  migration  lloydsbank  tsb  it  proteo 
26 days ago by danhon
OpenSSH: Legacy Options
OpenSSH implements all of the cryptographic algorithms needed for compatibility with standards-compliant SSH implementations, but since some of the older algorithms have been found to be weak, not all of them are enabled by default. This page describes what to do when OpenSSH refuses to connect with an implementation that only supports legacy algorithms.
ssh  openssl  ssl  encryption  legacy  security 
4 weeks ago by cyberchucktx

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